Disneyland Capacity Numbers

What to do if Disneyland reaches capacity during reopening reservations and how to deal when you’re there on the busiest days of the year.

Disneyland Resort’s phased reopening has everyone thinking about Disneyland’s maximum capacity and what that means for a drastic reduction in those numbers. Disneyland Capacity

Disneyland Resort Capacity 

How many people does it take to reach capacity? Simply put, we don’t know. Disney doesn’t release those numbers to the public, but the L.A. Times puts it at around 80,000 and that was before Galaxy’s Edge.

Currently, O.C. Register reports Disneyland park’s capacity hovers around the 85,000 mark and further explains that an average days sees about 51,000 visitors. For California Adventure, O.C. Register reports we’re looking at 50,000 for the maximum capacity and an average of 27,000 each day.

When Disneyland reopens, the state reopening guidelines outlines that Disney can only admit a certain percentage of that capacity at each park. Here’s how those numbers breakdown below following the estimates from O.C. Register


Disneyland esplanade


Quick Disneyland Capacity Numbers

  • 85,000 Disneyland Park estimated capacity
  • 29,750 is 35% of Disneyland Park’s estimated capacity

And California Adventure Park

  • 50,000 California Adventure Park estimated capacity
  • 17,500 is 35% of California Adventure Park’s estimated capacity

But let’s help you compare that even more with the reported average attendance at Disneyland Park of 51,000 guests. 

If Disneyland is operating at max 35% capacity, that puts us at about 20,000 less people in attendance on an average day

Reopening will be the absolute best time to go for people who love low crowds

How to Visit Disneyland with Lower Capacity

Instead of talking about days when Disneyland reaches max capacity, before this world-wide health crisis (don’t worry, that’s still covered below), I am now shifting to talk about how you can visit during the LOWEST crowd days ever, yet with the HIGHEST demand.

First, those with existing tickets should check their expiration dates, many have been extended!


Pixar Ticket


The days keep adding on, and Disneyland has remained closed longer than any other Disney Park in the world. Add that to the thousands (some say million) locals and people who have held on tight to existing Disneyland tickets—and you’re looking at a huge demand. 

The good thing is, I am on your team. I want to help you get into Disneyland as soon as they reopen. My Disneyland reservation system guide will help you do just that

Disneyland Capacity Crowds

The following was written and applicable pre-2020. Keep reading for tips once things return to more of a normal situation. Whenever that may be.

It’s a rare thing, but it’s true—Disneyland can reach capacity and often the parking lots are the first indicator that things are more crowded than usual.

Here’s all the details on Disneyland being “sold out” and what to do if you’re there when it’s super full or about to reach capacity. Note: DisneylandToday is no longer being used to communicate these memos, be sure you have the Disneyland App installed and notifications turned on instead. 


What to do if Disneyland reaches capacity


How often does Disneyland reach capacity? Not often, but it always makes headlines when it does. The days between Christmas and New Years are more likely to reach capacity as well as major attraction or land openings and fourth of July. We also may see some adjustments in how many people they let in after the longest closure in Disneyland history is lifted

How many people does it take to reach capacity? Simply put, we don’t know. Disney doesn’t release those numbers to the public, but the L.A. Times puts it at around 80,000 and that was before Galaxy’s Edge.


Disneyland sold out


When did Disneyland last reach capacity? 12/27/19, 12/27/18 and again on 12/28/18. It also reached capacity on those same exact dates in 2017. Here’s the rundown of what happened and when:

  • 12/27/19 Disneyland Park stopped selling tickets at 9:42 am, but California Adventure tickets remained available. 
  • 12/27/18 Disneyland Park closed for new guests around 1:00 pm and Disneyland stopped selling 1 day tickets to Disneyland Park, but California Adventure 1 day tickets were still available.
  • 12/28/18 Disneyland Park again closed for new guests, but this time allowed guests to buy 1 day tickets and enter California Adventure, then be issued a specific return time to enter Disneyland. This was new, I’ve never seen this happen and can’t imagine the park would lighten up very much to allow new people in. It was also reported that all FASTPASSES in both parks were “sold out” or distributed by 3:00 pm.
  • 12/27/17 Disneyland Park closed for new guests at 1:00 pm due to large crowds and a massive power outage affecting many attractions. Guests who previously entered Disneyland Park may be permitted back in at that time. Disneyland Park opened again to all guests at 5:00 pm
  • 12/28/17 Disneyland closed to capacity at 11:00 am and stop selling tickets. Guests who had previously entered Disneyland Park were permitted back in at that time. Disneyland Park opened again to all guests at 12:55 pm. So you can see that they do their best to keep park gates open, but that’s not to say it will be comfortable once you do get inside.

What To Do if Disneyland Reaches Capacity Planning Tips

Remember, now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened, there’s a lot more room in the park and less chance of it reaching capacity. But there’s a few things you can do in advance to plan for capacity issues:



  • Utilize Disney Genie Plus to get on multiple popular rides earlier in the day. Note that Disney Genie+ options can and will run out earlier in the day.



  • Start your day early, arrive at the gates at least 60 minutes before the park opens (Mickey and Friends parking opens 90 minutes before the parks open).
  • If you need parking before Disney lots open, try various hotels along Harbor Blvd. The Anaheim Hotel and Tropicana Inn (just to name a couple) both offer public parking when space is available. 
  • Consider parking somewhere way off site and Ubering in. If you take an Uber, I suggest having the Uber drop you off at The Disneyland Hotel so you can access that security entrance instead. 
  • Start your day at Disneyland Park, that way if they only allow returning guests, you have at least walked through the gates that day once.

What To Do if Disneyland Reaches Capacity Inside the Parks

First, you should arrive early and make your favorite rides a priority during those morning hours. Only leave Disneyland Park if you don’t plan to return because there’s a good chance you could be turned away. Also, on capacity days, security lines are exceptionally long. Even if you can get back in, you may not want to.


Disneyland Crowds


Read up on things to do when it’s super crowded so you can do those once the crowds become too much. Above all, keep calm and if your nerves or patience gets the best of you, you might want to call it a day. Again, this doesn’t happen often but it’s best to prepare.

Need help planning your day at Disneyland Resort? Let me help! Plus, watch the replay of my Facebook live talking Disneyland capacity issues here. 

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